Supreme Court’s Split Decision on DAPA, Extended DACA Lawsuit Fails to Protect Millions of Undocumented Parents, Youth

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a disappointing 4-4 decision in a lawsuit that challenged President Obama’s 2014 immigration relief programs a lawsuit that challenged President Obama’s 2014 immigration relief programs for undocumented parents and undocumented youth. With a split decision, an extension to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents remain blocked.

DAPA, a relief for undocumented parents of U.S. citizen or legal resident children, and DACA II, an extension to Obama’s 2012 protection for DREAMers, would have protected at least 5 million people from deportation and would have allowed them to work.

In February 2015 a group of 26 states, including Arizona and led by Texas, sued the Obama administration, accusing the president of abusing his power by ignoring Congress in an administrative process to change immigration. The White House has argued that presidents in both political parties have used similar executive actions and applied them to the country’s immigration laws.

Federal District Court Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking the implementation of DAPA and extended DACA. The Obama administration appealed, and a three judge panel of U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals eventually upheld the injunction. The administration then took the legal battle to the Supreme Court, where it took months to hear a ruling.

From Tucson Weekly, posted by Maria Ines Taracena on Thursday, June 23rd 2016

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